Segment Synopsis: Grew up in a small town; had a class of nine which they all graduated in 1909; three girls and six boys, three of the boys went to college; he was valedictorian; all had the same studies, taking Latin, French, etc.
Segment Synopsis: Lead in Barry play called Prunella was Margaret Clock, who became famous on stage in Broadway; he was the Honorable Earnest for the play. Taught many Victorian playwrights. Very popular for productions at his school. Did about one a week.
Segment Synopsis: Why he came to Idaho. Was planning on going to New York to study plays; had taught for five years, though more about studying acting and not production. Someone from his department was at a lake for summer vacation, and he met him up there and was hired. Came by train from Syracuse in the Chicago area, got into Spokane in the evening.
Segment Synopsis: Left Syracuse when they were having their State Fair. Took his old boardinghouse keeper to see a play to celebrate his moving away. Took him about a month to find a room to live in for the year.
Segment Synopsis: Ate at cheap restaurants and hotels on Main Street with boys from local college. Got acquainted with Ms. Matthew, she graduated from Washington and taught at Aberdeen, taught French, and came to Moscow; part of the social scene here.
Segment Synopsis: Back East during the First World War, had one play to do and only had one man. Chose a play called Cramford, like an Austen play. For the war there was few undergraduates on campus. Tried to get plays that weren’t too long.
Segment Synopsis: Did some performing in the U-hut(?). Had an office over there and held some classes there. First year he was in non-Dramatic Literature course, he just saw one of the girls last week who was in that class. Amused he had hired to produce the non-Shakespearean plays. Always used the Auditorium for plays; fight with music Director to use the U-hut.
Segment Synopsis: When he first came here there wasn’t a department of Drama, he developed it out of the “curtain club”. Designed all the sets with help of college carpenter. Experimenting with designs, wallpapers, etc.
Segment Synopsis: Took six weeks for one-act plays at the University. Was teaching Drama classes at that time as well. Still active in the Drama and English Department after no longer being Head; did not stop until he was seventy.
Segment Synopsis: Less Shakespeare now than in the past. Bob Dale pushed for more modern plays; he disapproved of him. He had Mr. Jennings help translate Shakespeare’s plays years ago; Mr. Jennings was a great writer too.
Segment Synopsis: Electrical Engineer and Electrician worked with them on the pageant. Dr. Miller came up with the idea of the pageant. Jennings worked with him on the play. Had a large committee for the production of the pageant.
Segment Synopsis: Didn’t know anything about the history at the University of Idaho and depended on Jennings for help. Used a group of football men as Native Americans, and invited Nez Perce tribes who brought costumes to put football players in.
Segment Synopsis: Professor Baker teaching first theory and criticism classes for drama. Very knowledgeable in drama in the west. Women who worked in the library had to wear long sleeves. Drama in the Western colleges.
Segment Synopsis: Taught till 1961, saw a lot of changes in drama and attitudes of the people. Saw a lot of plays changing; still taught Bernard Shaw. Hardest thing he had to do was stop smoking. Drama not very popular in the rural towns.
Segment Synopsis: Ms. Collette was an English undergraduate, had many classes with her in it. Lots of playwriting being done on campus now. Had no classes on playwriting when he taught, had Creative Writing though.
Segment Synopsis: Many students who come to the University of Idaho stay as teachers. Want to send them away for a dozen years before they bring them back. Do students relate to male teachers better than female teachers? Cushman thinks not and gives example of female teachers in the sciences and engineering that are successful teachers. Women weren’t paid the same as male teachers until recently.
Segment Synopsis: Men and women strict rules on separate sleeping quarters. Didn’t think they had any problems with this though; had homes meant for couples and children. Dean French was one of strongest woman deans; was a lady in all-sense of the word. Some students have become deans at Washington.
Segment Synopsis: Professor Hilm was a professor in European History; bought a house which he willed and niece and nephew before it became a museum. Lived with the Adair family as well, “ran” around with Bernadine (one of the daughters) who was one of the daughters, who helped with his plays.